Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Pfun is super happy to avoid all blizzards, as his ears are already cold. Photo via USEF HP Facebook page. Pfun is super happy to avoid all blizzards, as his ears are already cold. Photo via USEF HP Facebook page.

So much for that blizzard. I suppose if you are in Boston or therabouts, you are getting walloped but I’ll admit to a bit of a let-down here in Philadelphia, where we got about an inch. On the other hand, I can’t blame the government officials for ‘overreacting’ because they were generating the proper response based on the information they were given by the forecasters. And I can’t blame the forecasters because well, it’s weather. So chalk this one up as one big shrug.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm February H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Sporting Days Farm I H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Everyone loves a great rehab story. Whether it brings us to tears or makes us even more grateful for our equine friends, rehab stories are some of the most inspiring stories to tell. For that reason, we’d love to hear yours! Send us your rehab story for your chance to win an awesome prize pack from OCD as well as see your story told right here on EN! [Win with OCD]

Don’t expect Badminton to be softer this year. Other than easing a particularly rough spot around the Vicarage Vee, Giuseppe Della Chiesa doesn’t plan on making the course easier for competitors. The course is also being switched to run the other direction, which will present a whole new set of challenges. Last year’s completion rate was under forty percent…will this year be better? [Badminton 2015 Course]

e-Venting has some thoughts about frangible pins. In case you missed it, the FEI recently changed the frangible pin rule to automatically award 21 penalties with no ifs, ands, or buts. In the furor over the bit changes, this may have been overlooked. But e-Venting has some good reasons as to why this rule change should be revisited and possibly revised. [New FEI Rule – The Stealthy Game Changer?]

Interested in learning from one of the brightest up-and-comers in the sport? Hannah Sue Burnett is looking for a working student. Let her know if you’re interested! [Contact Hannah Sue]

Podcast from the USEA: This episode, Barbara Crabo and Lauren Billys talk about their experiences riding for the recent ICP symposium with Christopher Bartle.  [USEA Podcast]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If you’re hanging out in Florida, you might be concerned about your horse picking up some fungus. I subscribe to a preventative care regimen of regular rinsing after turn-out followed by an apple vinegar spray, but once a week I like to give a thorough bath with Eqyss Microtek. As a bonus, this stuff smells really, really good. [SmartPak]

This horse is pretty clever; he’s figure out a way to let himself out of his stall. Look like it’s time to add a clip to that latch….